Monday, June 29, 2009
Iran has said it has freed five local British embassy staff arrested on accusations of stoking post-election unrest, a move that further threatened tense ties with London and the West.
The announcement came as Iran’s top election body began a partial recount of the fiercely-disputed presidential election, after opposition demonstrators defiantly faced off against riot police in Tehran.
“Out of nine people arrested, five have been released,” foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said at a press conference.
Iran has repeatedly accused the West particularly Britain and the United States of “meddling” in the violent aftermath of the election, which triggered the biggest crisis since the Islamic revolution 30 years ago.